About Valley of Flowers Trek:
Valley of Flowers "Foolon ki Ghati" is one of those beautiful trekking expeditions that can be enjoyed during the monsoon season. It is flawlessly nestled in the West Himalayan region of Uttarakhand and lies at a lofty height of 3600 m above sea level. With an opportunity to spot the very rare blue Primula, the Valley Of Flowers trek is one of the best-known treks in the world.
The Valley of Flowers is also believed to be the place from where Hanuman brought the magical herb to resuscitate Lakshman in the Hindu epic Ramayan. Just as you set your foot into the valley, the intoxicating mix of fragrances emitted from the flowers makes you feel in a paradise. The hidden lake at the height of 14,400 ft, creates a hidden coop for numerous species of wildflowers like the saxifrages, sedums, lilies, poppy, calendulas, daisies, geranium, zinnia, and petunia.
Valley of Flowers in Summer
Be it the beautiful Golden lilies or the ladies slipper Orchids here you can spot all of them with the onslaught of summers. At this place, you can whiff an air which is a perfect blend of freshness and soothing smell. If you wish to visit this place then you need to keep one thing in mind, that is the month of the visit, as this place operates from July to August and rest of the time is all covered with snow.
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Months: The valley experiences summers in the months from April to June, and in this period the snow begins to melt.
Why you should visit at this time: Here you experience a wide array of exotic flowers blooming all over from Ghangria to the main valley. With time, the destination is gaining more and more popularity calling out to travelers from both near and far. There will also be instances when you can witness the wildlife of this place like the Asiatic black bear, Snow leopard, Musk deer, red fox, and countless others. Here you can also listen to the birds chirping and this place is a true heaven for the bird lovers, as here you can find distinct varieties of them.
Positive points about this season: Ever dreamt of walking beside the pink flower bed? Here you can experience that as Epilobium Latifolium, a variation of enchanting flora sprawls over the entire river bed extending an appearance like that of a bed of flowers! A experience like this is indeed a plus to the trip.
Negative points about the season: Well, talking about the negatives, there are no such points in this season as at this time the flowers begin to bloom, and all you can witness is fresh fragrance.
Average temperature: The temperature ranges from a minimum of 17 degree-Celcius to a maximum of 29-degree Celcius.
Valley of Flowers in Winter
With the onslaught of winters, the destination shows a different side as the snow starts falling. The flowers dry up and once a colorful region becomes sparkling white with snow. Officially the place shuts down on September 30th and one will have to wait for one more year to take a glance at the natural wonders.
Once the year ends the place re-opens at the beginning of June but you cannot spot beautiful flowers until mid-July.
Months: The valley experiences winters from October to February, and at this time the valley is not accessible.
Why you should visit at this time: In these months all, you can gaze at is the gleaming white snow which starts melting in the month of July. Make a visit to this place and take back home a lot of memories which will stay with you forever!
Positive points about this season: If you are a snow lover and wish to gaze at the gleamy white snow accompanied by ultimate solitude, then you can visit this place in winters.
Negative points about the season: If you visit the region in these months, you cannot tour the Valley of flowers as it shuts down on the last day of September and to visit this place, you need to wait for the month of July.
temperature: The temperature ranges from a minimum of
6 degree-Celcius to a maximum of 15 degree-Celcius, which makes the nights
spine-chilling but the days are a little warmer.
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Valley of Flowers in Monsoon
With the onset of monsoons, the allure of the region multiplies and the flowers begin to bloom. Sprawling over an area of 8 km this place is a hidden jewel of the state. Thinking of visiting the place? A trek to the valley of flowers will undoubtedly be a memorable one as this place holds an abundance of picturesque vistas which will put you under a spell.
Months: The months from late-July to September the region experiences the showers and exhibit amazing vistas of lush green environs contrasting with vibrant-colored flowers.
Why you should visit at this time: As the showers strike this place, it transforms into real beauty extending carpets of an impressive range of flowers making it a perfect destination to tour with your partner. Undeniably this place is true to its name and extends a whole wide valley of amazing flowers. Here you can find colorful lilies, Orchids, and various other fresh blooms which are responsible for the splendid aroma of the atmosphere.
Positive points about this season: If trekking is your thing, then stay prepared for an arduous hike to the Valley of flowers as the trail can get a little difficult at the top, but once you make to the destination then you will never regret the pain taken, as it is one of the most enchanting places prevailing on earth. Speaking about the positives, gazing at the sunset contrasting with the beautiful valley of flowers is another experience one must not dare to miss.
Negative points about the season: The color of the valley changes from greenish to a lighter tone of yellow as the August begins. Most of the blooms start dying to leave behind the seeds for the next year. Administered by the Uttarakhand State Forestry Department this place doesn't lose its charm any day but shuts down for the tourist on September 30th.
Average temperature: The temperature ranges from a minimum of 20 degree-Celcius to a maximum of 26 degree-Celcius, extending excellent weather for touring the valley.
Things to Keep in Mind Before Visiting Valley of Flowers
Location: It is seated in the Chamoli Garhwal, which is a part of Zanskar Range at an altitude of almost 3,600 m above the sea level.
Operating hours: The Valley is accessible in the daylight from early morning at 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
How to reach: The nearest railway station is Dehradun, from here one can take a taxi or bus to Joshimath. Later take a private taxi to the base camp that is, Ghangaria. From here hike up to the Valley of flowers which is a tek of 2-3 hours.
Entrance Fee: Here one can opt for a 3-day pass, which is of INR 150 for Indians and INR 650 for foreigners.
Stay Options: One can go for a budget stays at Ghangaria or opt for luxury stays at Joshimath.
About Valley of Flowers Trek:
The surreal views of the mighty Himalayas in the backdrop make the Valley of Flowers one of the most beautiful treks in the Himalayan region. This hidden jewel is a unique habitat and home to millions of species of wildflowers such as saxifrages, seams, lilies, poppy, calendula, daisies, geranium, zinnia and petunia, thus making it a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Valley of Flowers is also believed to be the place from where Hanuman brought the magical herb to resuscitate Lakshman in the Hindu epic Ramayan. Just as you set your foot into the valley, the intoxicating mix of fragrances emitted from the flowers makes you feel in a paradise. With an opportunity to spot the very rare blue Primula, the Valley Of Flowers trek is one of the best-known treks in the world.
About the Valley of Flower :
Get swept away into a floral fairytale world. A trek to Valley of Flowers greets with an array of colourful blossoms and a charming network of streams lacing dewy meadows. The backdrop of snow kissed mountains further adds to the charm. Huddled in the celestial like West Himalaya, Uttarakhand, the trek to Valley of Flowers opens up around 300 types of endemic alpine flowers and a rich range of flora.
A nature lover's paradise, Uttarakhand allures with a dramatic landscape of quaint lakes, meandering rivers, lofty mountains and rising peaks of Hilamlayas. The serene atmosphere further lends in a distinct character.
Lolling over a good 87.5 square kilometres, the area was declared a national park in 1982. Heralded as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the entire valley comes alive when the snow melts. Over here, you will also come across endangered species as such as Asiatic black bear, snow leopard, brown bear and also the blue sheep. At 3600 meters above the sea level, the Valley of Flowers makes for an engaging trekking destination.
About the destination:
A gateway to floral paradise, the Valley of Flowers is one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in India, and is privileged the title of UNESCO World Heritage Site! Nestled atop a breathtaking altitude of 14,400 ft., the valley is home to countless exquisite floral species that carpet the trails. A crisscross of white, purple, blue, yellow and red paints the verdant canvas of the trek, while towering Himalayan massifs stand guard throughout. A blend of enchanting aromas from the carpeting flowers swirl through the valley, putting trekkers in a daze.
Enhancing the fantastic beauty of the trail are several streams that wind through the splendid meadows. The landscape of the trek is beautifully woven with stellar grasslands, idyllic lakes and the rising magnificence of snow-clad Himalayan giants. Monsoons breathe a new life into the valley, which morphs into an expansive quilt of blossoming flowers.
Another alluring highlight of the trek is the alpine lake of Hemkund Sahib, huddled high in the laps of the Himalayas. The lake demands a thrilling climb, which you traverse while dreaming away of the delicious hot langar (meal) that awaits you at the Gurudwara Sri Hemkund Sahib.
The trek to Valley of Flowers begins from a little hamlet called 'Govind Ghat, sitting in close proximity to Joshimath. Experience six days of pure, uninterrupted Himalayan bliss, cocooned in the embrace of nature. A botanist's wildest dream, and a nature lover's paradise, a trek to the Valley of Flowers will leave you with a lifetime of memories, some in your camera rolls, and some forever tucked away in you heart. If you’re looking for your next big Himalayan adventure, the Valley of Flowers will quench your thirst like no other.
Altitude: 14,400 ft
Temperature: Day: 12°C-20°C and Night: 4°C-10°C
Trekking Distance: 37km
Difficulty Level: Easy To Moderate
Starting and Ending Point: The trek starts and ends at Govindghat
Railway Station: Haridwar is the nearest railway station
Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun
Base Camp: Govindghat
ATM: Joshimath is the last place where ATM is there.
- Valley of Flowers is a World Heritage Site well acknowledged by avid trekkers and nature lovers. Trek to this valley has tremendous admirers.
- If you would like to be one among them, then choose this 6 day trekking to the valley with some of the ardent lovers of trekking.
- Arrive at Haridwar in the morning to capture the pleasant views of the famous Nanda Devi Biosphere, the national park in the far interiors of Garhwal Himalayas (Uttarakhand) that is spread over 87.5 sq. kms. Valley of Flowers is situated here.
- Along with the thick blanket of rare flowers of different colours, this valley is a home to many rare and endangered species of animals like Asiatic black bear, brown bear, snow leopard, blue sheep and more.
- On your tour of Valley of Flowers, you will come across the high altitudes and also make your way to visit Hemakund Sahib.The flowers will start appearing just after the melting of the snow cover and the main flowers found are Brahmakamal, Blue Poppy, Cobra Lily Anemone, Geranium, Marsh Marigold, Prinula etc.
- Embrace the nature here enhanced by plenty of waterfalls, glaciers, towering mountains, big rivers and quaint villages.
- The package includes food, accommodation in hotels or lodges and transportation during the whole trip.
- There are two variants available: 1) tented accommodation without transport and 2) tented accommodation with transport
- The short itinerary is as follows:
- Day 01: Haridwar - Auli (2450m) (Drive / 280 Kms / 8 - 9 Hrs)
- Day 02: Auli (2450m) - Govindghat - Ghangaria (3050m) (Drive / 1 Hr) (Trek / 4 - 5 Hrs)
- Day 03: Ghangaria (3050m) - Valley Of Flowers (3600m) - Ghangaria (3050m) (Trek / 4 - 5 Hrs)
- Day 04:
- Option 1: Ghangaria (3050m) - Hemkund Sahib (4329m) - Ghangaria (3050m) (Trek / 6 - 7 Hrs)
- Option 2: Ghangaria (3050m) - Valley Of Flowers (3600m) - Ghangaria (3050m) (Trek / 4 - 5 Hrs)
- Day 05: Ghangaria - Govindghat - Badrinath - Auli (Trek / 3 - 4 Hrs)(Drive / 4 Hrs)
- Day 06: Auli - Haridwar (Drive / 280 Kms / 8 - 9 Hrs)